Established in 1718 by French-Canadian explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, New Orleans is a cultural hotspot of the south for its Cajun cuisine, French Quarter, and, of course, Mardi Gras. This southern city’s grand mix of French, Spanish, and Native American influences makes for an unusual, yet wonderfully exciting spirit. If your group is looking for a southern city for your next trip, make that city New Orleans and you will have so much fun you’ll never want to leave.
New Orleans’ warm climate and joie de vivre makes the city shine like a perpetual party beacon with hundreds of annual festivals, parties, and parades in the city’s districts. Visit Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World for an inside look at how the festival is organized and made into a reality or visit the real thing. Watch or participate in the festivities as the parades pass through the French Quarter.
Take a tour of the city that is nearly three centuries old to learn its, sometimes horrifying, history. Often called one of the most haunted cities in America, New Orleans is home to some of the best and scariest ghost tours. Walk through the City of the Dead during the day or take the famous New Orleans Ghost Tour of the French Quarter. Tour the French Market District, its weekly farmers markets, and multitude of shops and restaurants.
For the adventurous groups, explore Louisiana’s wildlife at Bayou Pierre Alligator Park or ride the boat tour of Honey Island Swamp. See the alligators being fed or feel them rock up against your boat or try alligator meat for yourself with some authentic Cajun cuisine. To see animals located safely within habitats, visit the nationally acclaimed Audubon Nature Institute’s aquarium, insectarium, and zoo.
Every day is an opportunity, so take the chance to do something exciting and different.